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Anybody got a caravan?

Generally we go short term camping with our big tent and longer term we rent a caravan on site.. But thinking it might be fun to have a small one, ease of chucking everything inside..(we just had 12 hours torrential rain and although we remained dry, it痴 crap in a tent for any length of time)

We have an individual house with 3 parking spots and a garage - according to the lease - however the 3 spots are not marked, just sort of in our cul-de-sac.. so that could be the first hurdle, an eyesore for the neighbours.

What about MFK, insurance etc, I assume it needs a separate control, separate insurance? Expensive? Plus I致e never towed anything, I知 on normal licence? Training advised?

Pretty much ruled out a camper-van since we spend at least half the time and ff site visiting stuff.
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Re: Anybody got a caravan?

Driving with a caravan demands a car that is allowed/has the power to do so, and depending on the weight you might need E on your drivers license.

As for the driving itself, make sure your mirrors are wide enough to have a proper view towards the back, if needed you can use extenders. Have a bit of practice and it is all not so bad. A lot of people suck at it since they only do it 2 or 3 times a year.

I have no clue as for insurance or taxes, but have you considered saving you the hassle and use rentals?

Random Example:
https://mycamper.ch/en/motorhome-cam...ge=2&_limit=18
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Re: Anybody got a caravan?

I think there might be places that allow you to park and store your camper when it's not in use. There is a place like that here where we live, in Greifensee, at least.

Also, in case you're hesitant to buy, I know that you can rent them from people online. This seems to be a pretty good site for finding campers, mobilehomes and caravans to rent:

https://mycamper.ch/en/
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Re: Anybody got a caravan?

P.S. I was always a bit curious how much it costs here in CH to have a trailer-hitch installed (in our case, on a VW station wagon).
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Re: Anybody got a caravan?

I like the idea of renting a caravan just to try it out .. however it kinda defeats the purpose of what I知 trying to achieve..

I can rent a pitch for say 500 per week, on that pitch I can put my tent, a caravan or a camper van, same price.. But if I知 spending 200 per night to rent the caravan then I may as well rent a static van from the site or one of the many operators.. or stay in a hotel :-)

Was more thinking to buy a cheapo caravan to try it out and take it from there ..
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P.S. I was always a bit curious how much it costs here in CH to have a trailer-hitch installed (in our case, on a VW station wagon).
In a word, Lots. TIS Try across the border.
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If you park in Zurich be sure to have enough change for the meters.
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I like the idea of renting a caravan just to try it out .. however it kinda defeats the purpose of what I知 trying to achieve..

I can rent a pitch for say 500 per week, on that pitch I can put my tent, a caravan or a camper van, same price.. But if I知 spending 200 per night to rent the caravan then I may as well rent a static van from the site or one of the many operators.. or stay in a hotel :-)

Was more thinking to buy a cheapo caravan to try it out and take it from there ..
200,- a night would be a very luxurious model, for 100,- a night you can already get very decent models, you could rent one a week just to try it out.
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200,- a night would be a very luxurious model, for 100,- a night you can already get very decent models, you could rent one a week just to try it out.
I would rather stay in a hotel for 200 plus 500/7 so 271 per night. Should be quite a nice hotel for that without breakfast. Unless it's VERY cheap why would anyone want to spend the night in a tin can when it's hot v a hotel with air conditioning. Swiss residents do like pain, perhaps the country of wealth & SM

Even 171 will get you a perfectly good hotel in Geneva, let alone the middle of nowhere, Sure in the Jura you would get change from 70

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I would rather stay in a hotel for 200 plus 500/7 so 271 per night. Should be quite a nice hotel for that without breakfast. Unless it's VERY cheap why would anyone want to spend the night in a tin can when it's hot v a hotel with air conditioning. Swiss residents do like pain, perhaps the country of wealth & SM

Even 171 will get you a perfectly good hotel in Geneva, let alone the middle of nowhere, Sure in the Jura you would get change from 70
But you'd miss the charm of walking over the field in your shorts with a toiletrol under your arm, after which you grab some fresh breakfast in an overpriced camping store.

But nah, I loved the holidays I had with my parents where we each year went away 3 weeks with a caravan. But by then a hotel room was 20 times the price of a spot on a field. (80's Scandinavia), if I look now what a decent caravan costs, than the place to store it, the maintenance and other costs. The slow driving on the highway the extra fuel, the price of the campsite. We just grab hotels since years, and for the kid we'll buy a tent to go camping a few times close-by just for the experience.

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But you'd miss the charm of walking over the field in your shorts with a toiletrol under your arm, after which you grab some fresh breakfast in an overpriced camping store.

But nah, I loved the holidays I had with my parents where we each year went away 3 weeks with a caravan. But by then a hotel room was 20 times the price of a spot on a field. (80's Scandinavia), if I look now what a decent caravan costs, than the place to store it, the maintenance and other costs. The slow driving on the highway the extra fuel, the price of the campsite. We just grab hotels since years, and for the kid we'll buy a tent to go camping a few times close-by just for the experience.
I can see the kids wanting to spend the odd night in a tent, I slept in the garden in London aged 8 . I do know people who do whole Ski seasons in Illegally converted camper vans, they park in the street so their accommodation for 3 months is less than 1000, they get a 3 month swimming pool pass for 120 so can shower every day. I would be up for a 3500kg camper van to tour for 5 months a year, however such possibilities & riding a motor bike ended with marriage aged 55
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Re: Anybody got a caravan?

This is it, it痴 fun for the kids, they basically get the freedom of the site to go play with other kids until it痴 dark.. They致e been riding skateboards, in the lake, the pool, making videos etc.. Sure it痴 not for everyone but on a decent site, the food is good, the beer is cheap and the facilities are spotless..
The site I知 in now has an excellent resto, food quality like any city center.. Family of 4 eating 2 courses with plenty to drink cost us 92 euro.

I can see us doing this for another few years so just maybe will invest in a van.. The kids just don稚 get the experience in any price of hotel.
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John, do you get the Migros Magazine? The 13.7 (Today) issue has an article 迭ouler en camping-car, c弾st tendance. Not exactly what your looking for but ...

If you don稚 subscribe you likely can get a copy at La Combe or another Migros.
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In a word, Lots. TIS Try across the border.
Thanks. I had a feeling that would be the case... and that it would be cheaper to have one installed across the border. For now, I think we'll just stick with our new instant cabin tent. It literally goes up in 2 minutes and has awesome ventilation. We love it. Only $300 including shipping, from the US.

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I wouldn't mind renting a caravan at some point, though -- just to try it out. But I always wondered if they get really hot inside.
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This is it, it痴 fun for the kids, they basically get the freedom of the site to go play with other kids until it痴 dark.. They致e been riding skateboards, in the lake, the pool, making videos etc.. Sure it痴 not for everyone but on a decent site, the food is good, the beer is cheap and the facilities are spotless..
The site I知 in now has an excellent resto, food quality like any city center.. Family of 4 eating 2 courses with plenty to drink cost us 92 euro.

I can see us doing this for another few years so just maybe will invest in a van.. The kids just don稚 get the experience in any price of hotel.
I agree. Camping is so much fun for kids (I have so many nice memories of camping when I was little). And there are freedoms that you just don't get when staying in a hotel. e.g. Sitting around a camp fire at night.

Not sure what part of CH you're in, but there is a GREAT campground in Ticino by the name of Campofelice that we went to last summer. It's huge, with really large, shaded pitches and the campground has a huge pool area as well as a large beach area (on Lake Maggiore) with boats you can rent, etc. We're hoping to go back in August, depending on what the situation with the virus is.

Hope you're all having a great time!
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Driving with a trailer/caravan is pretty straightforward, just watch your speed top speed in CH is 80 km/h as I found out to my cost the first time I drove one here at 100!

The only difficulty at first is reversing. I always found it easier to wind the drivers window down and look back whilst steering (opposite direction to where you want the trailer to go). I never got the hang of reverse steering using the mirror. But it's also easier with a longer trailer (I did a lot of reverse parking with a big horse box) - with small trailers, if you over steer too far you can't steer out of it, you need to go forward to try again.
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Re: Anybody got a caravan?

Here's a list, to buy:
https://www.autoscout24.ch/de/hci/li...78&filter=7541

and here, to rent:
https://8617.ch/vermietung.
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Re: Anybody got a caravan?

As I'm Dutch, let me give you some expert advice:
  • Always drive exactly 80 km/h for safety. If you need to overtake, do it with a safe speed of 80.01 km/h. Other road users will appreciate this and give show friendly gestures and light signs.
  • Take enough potatoes from home. You'll be shocked what they cost in foreign countries.
  • Try some passes in the Alps with your under-powered car. It will improve the anecdotes about your holiday.
  • Trying out to set up the caravan and tent before you go is totally overrated. Do it first time right on the camping, after 15 hours of driving.
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Take enough potatoes from home. You'll be shocked what they cost in foreign countries.
There are a few towns in France where the food is crap.

We once complained about the dull menus. The waiter shrugged and said most of their clientele were Dutch campers and didn't want to eat anything fancy or French.

When I was much younger, camping and paragliding in the French alps, I met a gorgeous Dutch girl at the campsite. She invited me back for a meal at her caravan with her family. Everything we ate had been carried in the caravan from the Netherlands.

All the stereo-types are true!
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There are a few towns in France where the food is crap.

We once complained about the dull menus. The waiter shrugged and said most of their clientele were Dutch campers and didn't want to eat anything fancy or French.

When I was much younger, camping and paragliding in the French alps, I met a gorgeous Dutch girl at the campsite. She invited me back for a meal at her caravan with her family. Everything we ate had been carried in the caravan from the Netherlands.

All the stereo-types are true!
So you ate pot brownies with them? Or cookies...Which ones were they?
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